Francisco Meirino Biography
Francisco Meirino (1975 / Spain / Switzerland)
Active since 1994 in sound and live performance, Francisco Meirino explores the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure, he is primarily interested in theidea of recording what is not supposed to be : gear failures, the death of PA systems, electrostatic background noises and how a failure can become something more than just annoying.
Francisco Meirino's music is a complex and constantly changing electronic soundscape that ranges from dynamic electro-acoustic to sheer noise blasts and is fascinating by its physical intensity and detail precision.
He works mainly with the computer, contact microphones and various acoustic devices.« In the end, it's all about encouraging the listener to get involved. In making your own choice about how you listen to a record. To listen in ways that make you question the act of making or listening to sound itself. » .
With more than 100 live performances in various venues and festivals in Europe, Japan and North America, Francisco Meirino tries to raise the stress level of the audience by using sound phenomena.
Over the years, Francisco Meirino had the honor to collaborate on studio and live with great artists such as : Dave Phillips / Scott Arford / Michael Gendreau / Zbigniew Karkowski / Astro / Randy H.Y. Yau / Lasse Marhaug / Cindy Van Acker / Tim Olive / Kasper TToeplitz.
He has been commissioned with music for: Pro-Helvetia (Switzerland), Radio Airplane(Japan), Companie Greffe/Cindy Van Acker (Switzerland), Mostra d'Art Sonor i Visual de Barcelona (Spain).
He has curated events (at cinéma Oblò in Lausanne), co-curated events for the LUFF inLausanne and given a lecture at the Conservatoire de musique of Montréal.He has been awarded with the composition prize for experimental music in 2003 by the SwissArt Counsil.
He lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Selected live performances :concerts in : Japan, USA, Canada, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain,Poland,
in many international festivals including Activating The Medium (San Francisco, USA),Observatori (Valencia, Spain), Musica Genera (Warsaw, Poland), Norberg Electronic Music Festival (Norberg, Sweden),Akousma (Montreal, Canada), Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival (LUFF, Lausanne, Switzerland).
Selected discography. More than 30 records (CD, Lp, cdr, tapes, online) on labels such as Entracte, Groundfault, Banned Productions, Even Stilte, Sentient Recognition Archive, Solpisism, Gameboy etc... and on his own label : Shiver Sounds. Solo (as phroq) : 2009 : Connections, opportunities for mistakes / CD / Shiversounds 2008 : Half-asleep music / CD / Entr'acte 2008 : Magnetic ghosts / cdr / Sentient Recognition Archive 2007 : Hazards of sound / cdr / Tanczprocess 2007 : 77 sound objects / cdr / Cipher Productions 2006 : We will shiver with fear / cdr / Obscurica 2006 : Attempts to reach Usa / cdr / Harshnoise 2005 : Mâchoire / cdr / Solipsism 2005 : Collapse / CD / Groundfault Recordings 2004 : Confusion / CD / Shiversounds (Swiss art councils award of best composition in experimental music) 2003 : Kobekita, respect is due to? / cdr / Spirals Of Involution 2002 : If a defect is sound / cdr / Shiversounds 2001 : The Microway / cdr / Electronic Musik 2000 : Neko / Lp / Hyhat collaborations : 2009 : Concert à l'Oblò / cdr / Echomusic / with Kiko C. Esseiva 2007 : Raizan tatami / 2x 3' cdr / Banned Productions / with Mike Shiflet 2007 : Eagle keys / CD / Even Stilte / with Tim Olive